Mel Reynolds Pleads Guilty To Zimbabwe Visa Violation

Source: Gillian Gotora / Chicago Sun-TImes

HARARE, Zimbabwe — A Zimbabwe magistrate on Friday ordered former U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds to pay a fine or face jail time after he pleaded guilty to charges of violating the country’s immigration laws. Reynolds will appear in court again Friday afternoon on charges of possessing pornography, to which he has pleaded innocent.

Reynolds is meant to pay $100 or spend five days in prison for failing to renew his visa after it expired on Dec. 10, 2013, said Harare magistrate Tendai Mahwe.

“Once the accused has paid his fine or spent time in prison, he must be handed over to the immigration officials for immediate deportation,” the magistrate said.

During proceedings earlier Friday, lawyer Arthur Gurira said Reynolds hadn’t renewed his visa because he suffered a mild stroke in early January and “wasn’t in the best of health”.

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